Title: Playing With Fire
Pairing: Chloe/Pyro, Rogue/Warren
Sequel to: The Battle
Universe: Xville Series
Disclaimer: Don't Own
Summary: A couple of weeks have passed, Chloe loves it at Xavier's School for Youngsters, Pyro doesn't. He also doesn't feel threatened by Bobby's interest in Chloe...but when Chloe's past catches up with her, he starts to lose his cool.
A/N: In this universe John can create fire, though he keeps his Zippo for sentimental reasons (though he will never admit to it), and Lois knows both Chloe and Clark's secrets.
Written for my Paranormal25 Prompt Table #25
"I don't understand something." Chloe frowned, walking down the hall with her cousin, ignoring the looks and whispers they were getting. Maybe they should have stayed in the infirmary, but Chloe really didn't like it there-it reminded her of when Pyro had been hurt. "Magneto said that my mother's maiden name was Addams, that was why I was going by it. But mom's maiden name was Lane."
Lois nodded in agreement. "Maybe this Magneto dude had it wrong."
"No, he knew my mother, I'm more than sure of it. He knew about her power and everything." Chloe turned to her cousin, whose hand she had yet to let go of. "Do you think that mom and Uncle Sam changed their last name for some reason?"
The brunette's face was troubled. "Why would they do that?"
"I don't know. Maybe-." Chloe took in a deep breath. "Maybe Uncle Sam's X-gene isn't inactive. All I know is that after mom got pregnant with me they disappeared off of the map. Magneto told me how he searched everywhere for her and he couldn't find a trace of her."
Lois continued walking in silence before breaking the silence. "Chloe, you do realize that if what you're saying is true-that Uncle Gabe isn't your father?"
The blonde nodded.
The brunette bit her bottom lip. "I'm-I'm going to use all of my contacts at the Daily Planet and discreetly find out what I can't get out of The General."
"Which will most probably be everything."
Lois made an annoyed face. "He's terribly secretive, isn't he?" She ran a hand over her hair. "Though, maybe I'm beginning to see why."
"Chloe!" A blonde smiled as he approached them, his baby blue eyes warm as they fell upon her. "I just came back from one-on-one training and all I hear everywhere is that you've gotten your memory back?" His smile grew as it landed on Lois, and he looped an arm around Chloe's shoulders. "You must be the cousin everyone's talking about."
Lois raised an eyebrow as she gazed upon Bobby Drake. "Is this him
For a moment Chloe didn't know what Lois was talking about.
And then she did.
"No!" She blushed, looking up at Bobby and then to her cousin and back. "Um, Lois Lane, meet Bobby Drake. Iceman. He's-" she cleared her throat. "He's a friend."
"Sorry about that, but you look a lot like her ex, Jimmy Olsen." Lois told Bobby outright, eyeing him curiously. "That's why I thought you were 'him'. I mean, you're obviously her type."
Bobby grinned, sending Chloe a sideways glance. "Is that so?"
Chloe looked up at Bobby, really looked up at him. Now that she had her memory back-Bobby did kinda look like Jimmy.
But less of a geek.
She blinked, kinda in awe.
Suddenly a fireball struck Bobby on the shoulder, throwing him away from Chloe.
Lois' eyes widened, Chloe winced, and Bobby's eyes narrowed and he hurriedly put out the small fire that'd started on his shoulder.
Storming up towards them, fist clenched and on fire, was a dangerous St. John Allerdyce.
"John." Chloe took a couple of steps towards him.
"Keep your ice picks off of my woman, Drake!" John hissed towards his rival before turning on Lois. "And you
. How dare
Lois raised an eyebrow.
"John!" Chloe gasped in horror.
." John shook his head, eyes on Lois. "I don't care how closed-minded you and your whole human pack are. So what if she's a mutant and annoyingly friendly and perky at times? Despite the fact that she smiles at far too many people and doesn't have a wary bone in her annoying body and thus makes me have to work overtime to keep people like Ice Dick away from her-that doesn't mean that you and your human bunch have a right to make her feel belittled and worthless and a freak because she was born like this!" He flung a protective arm around Chloe's shoulders, his other hand blazing hotter in menace. "And if you think that you can just waltz back in here and fucking-."
"Okay, shut up." Lois motioned for him to zip it.
His eyes widened in fury. "Who do you-?"
"He's an utter asshole." Lois turned to Chloe, completely ignoring John. "But I like him."
John's sentence was choked in his throat.
Chloe looked just as shocked at that. "You do?"
"He obviously cares about you, and he still thinks we didn't accept you-so he came to defend you." Lois snickered. "It's actually kinda cute. He got all fired up and everything."
"I am not
cute." John mumbled, eyes narrowed in confusion as he finally looked down at Chloe, the fire in his fist dying out. "What does she mean I think that she didn't accept you?" His eyes narrowed further. "I remember what I saw-what I heard."
"Those were fears of mine-not memories." Chloe felt kinda silly now that she remembered everything. "I was scared that they'd see my that way, treat me that way. But they never did. They accepted me. I just couldn't accept myself."
"Why the fuck not?" He snapped at her, slapping the back of her head softly. "There's nothing wrong with you."
She smiled up at him, bringing her hand to his chest.
He smiled back down at her before he cleared his throat and looked away, expression toughening as it landed on Lois. "How are you two related?"
"My dad, her mother." Lois responded easily.
"Ah." John nodded, relaxing slightly.
Chloe realized it was because he now knew that even if it was passively, Lois had the X-gene inside of her.
"Lois Lane." Lois struck out her hand.
He eyed it, and for a moment he did nothing. And then, with a long-suffering sigh, he held out his hand and shook it. "Pyro."
Lois smirked and pulled her hand away, placing it on her hips.
John gave her a wary look before turning to Chloe. "So the experiments were just a fear as well?"
Chloe and Lois flinched at the same time.
John's eyes narrowed. "They weren't."
"Lex Luthor had her kidnapped and experimented on." Lois' face was dangerous. "We were able to find out where he was keeping her and then Clark-." Her eyes widened. "Clark."
Chloe would've noticed if she hadn't felt such longing at the name of her best friend, and the man she'd loved before she'd met John and had him become such an important part of her life.
"I can't believe I forgot to call Smallville!" Lois gasped in horror, pulling out her cellular from her pocket. "We swore the second one of us found you we'd call the other! He's going to kill me!" She dialed a number and after two rings, spoke. "Smallville. Shut up. I found her. Follow my-."
There was a gust of wind, and alarms went off all around the building.
Clark stood by Lois' side, his eyes wide and on Chloe. "Chlo?"
She slipped out of John's grip and flung herself into Clark's arms.
He held her close. "I was beginning to think I'd never see you ever again."
All around them the alarms rung angrily.
"What the fuck is going on?"
Chloe hugged Clark tighter before letting go, and turning to see Logan coming up towards them, obviously thinking they were under attack or something thanks to the intruder alarms having been activated by Clark's entrance.
Lois' eyes widened and she began to fix her hair when she noticed the new mutant.
Chloe eyed her cousin and smirked.
This was going to be an interesting evening.